A Patch of Flax is an 8x10 plein air oil by Shirley Fachilla.
Tennessee Vines is an 8x10 plein air oil by Shirley Fachilla.
You might have noticed. Artists love to paint the same thing over and over. Sometimes it’s for convenience sake. Morisot, for instance, painted her daughter many, many times at least partly because she was a very accessible model.
Then sometimes it’s a learning experience. Monet painted multiple views of the same haystacks varying the time of day and season to hone his understanding of light on form. Later in life, he painted the lily pads in his pond over and over. This time, it was a test of reality itself. What was reflection, what was actuality? What was water? What was sky?
Abstract expressionists are not immune. Franz Kline painted in black and white for years. He was doing many things in his paintings: studying composition in its essence, playing with negative and positive spaces, testing the creation of form.
If you look at my two landscapes, you’ll see the same house in the background. I haven’t any exalted reason for painting it more than once except like Morisot with her daughter, I like the house very, very much.